Guidance/Interagency Workshops on Conflict Management
in the NEPA Process
U.S. Department of Transportation's environmental streamlining efforts as directed
by TEA-21 focus on improving the environmental review process for transportation
projects by reducing delays and improving the integration of project development
and NEPA, while protecting and enhancing the environment. This guidance presents
strategies for interagency collaborative problem solving by identifying issues
that may arise during the transportation project development and environmental
process reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related
laws. The guidance covers interest based negotiating and assisted and unassisted
conflict management and dispute resolution processes. These strategies should
help Federal and state transportation and resource agencies to implement a coordinated
environmental review process that reduces delays for highway and transit projects.
This guidance offers options for problem solving; it is not intended to be prescriptive.
This guidance is one element of FHWA's National Dispute Resolution System.
The other elements are specific elevation procedures to the Secretary of Transportation,
a roster of qualified neutral facilitators, and workshops in the application and
use of alternative dispute resolution during project development. Facilitated
interagency workshops will be held in each of the ten standard Federal regions.
These customized workshops, currently under development, are anticipated to begin
in late Spring 2003 and will use this guidance as the principal reference document.
The Guidance Document and Appendix can be found at http://nepa.fhwa.dot.gov/ReNepa/ReNepa.nsf/
For questions or feedback on this subject, please contact Deirdre Remley at 202-366-0524.